|It's nice to be in the right place at the right time. |
The day I got this pic was one of those times in my life.
By the time I turned twenty I was making a living and renting a place of my own. After finishing my first two years of college, I didn’t have the resources or the time to continue. There were bills to be paid. I started a small business moving and repairing waterbeds. The money was OK, but the work was tough on my back.
After a few years, I began taking classes part-time at the University of North Florida. Fellow students joked that U.N.F. stood for, "You never finish," and it did seem like it would take forever. One day I got a call from a customer in a gated community who needed my services. It was Adam Herbert, the new President at U.N.F.
While I worked, I told him I was working towards a degree one class at a time. He encouraged me to stick with it. As I was wrapping up, he told me to let him know if there was anything he could do to help me in my educational pursuits.
I had already thought through what I would ask for if the opportunity arose. I said, “Mr. Herbert, if you have any scholarship money laying around, I could use some.”
He asked me what my GPA was. I had about a 3.5. He told me who to talk to in Financial Aid. Within a month I had enough scholarship money to go full-time. It only took a few semesters to finish.
At least three important elements came into play for getting that scholarship.
- I had a respectable GPA which qualified me for the kind of scholarship Mr. Herbert could nudge forward.
- I did a good job for my customer. Otherwise he certainly wouldn’t have offered to be helpful.
- I was in a positive frame of mind, ready to ask for something when the opportunity to do so arose.
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